Quarter Past Midnight

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"Quarter Past Midnight"
Single by Bastille
from the album Doom Days
Released9 May 2018 (2018-05-09)
LabelVirgin Records
Songwriter(s)Dan Smith
Bastille singles chronology
"I Know You"
"Quarter Past Midnight"

"Quarter Past Midnight" is a song by English indie pop band Bastille. It was released on 9 May 2018 as the lead single from their third studio album, Doom Days (2019).[1] The song was written by Dan Smith, who handled the production along with Mark Crew.


In an interview with NME, Smith said, "It's the first single from our new album and it's kind of like an opening scene-setter. It's about escapism, when you want the night to keep going and try to lose yourself in it for whatever reason. We wanted to capture that feeling and have it sound a bit raucous and messy and euphoric. We wanted to try something a bit different and new. We had a really good time making this record and wanted it to very much be one concise thing with a very distinct sound."[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Quarter Past Midnight" was first released onto YouTube on 23 May 2018 at a total length of three minutes and twenty-five seconds.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
1."Quarter Past Midnight"3:21


Chart (2018) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 29
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 76
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 65
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 3


  1. ^ "Quarter Past Midnight - Single by Bastille". Apple Music.
  2. ^ "Check out Bastille's euphoric new single 'Quarter Past Midnight'". NME.
  3. ^ "Bastille - Quarter Past Midnight (Official Music Video)". YouTube.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight" (in French). Ultratip.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ "Bastille: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "Bastille Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.